What is a GTE?
“GTE” stands for “Genuine Temporary Entrant”. The criterion is applied to ensure temporary visa applicants genuinely intend to stay in Australia for a short period of time and for the purposes of relevant visa programs. If you are applying for a short-term TSS visa, student visa or a visitor visa, you may be required by law to pass the GTE assessment before the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) could grant you a visa. This requirement has potentially increased the complexity and difficulty of a visa application.
What are the factors considered by immigration case officers?
To pass the GTE requirement, visa applicants should convince decision makers that they do not intend to use a temporary visa to maintain an ongoing residency in Australia. Factors that may be considered by decision makers would include:
Applicants’ circumstances in their home country;
Applicants’ potential circumstances in Australia;
Value of the course to applicants’ future;
Applicant’s immigration history, including both visa and travel history;
If a primary or secondary applicant is under 18, the intentions of his/her parent, legal guardian or spouse; and
Any other relevant matter.
For example, if you are a short-term work visa applicant but you have stayed in Australia for more than 4 years, you would not meet the GTE requirement. If you are applying for a student visa but one of your parents has lodged a partner visa application, you would also need to address the GTE issue to avoid a rejection of your student visa application.
If you are seeking guidance on the type of evidence you are required to provide in establish your GTE, or if you are concerned certain factors may count against you, please book a consultation with one of our experienced migration agents today.
Disclaimer: The information provided herein is of a general nature only and does not constitute immigration advice. For more detailed and case specific information or advice, please contact SCA Connect.